While contemplating what to write for December’s blog post, I happened across Jason Pirodsky’s top 10 list of Czech Christmas Fairy Tales movies and couldn’t help but get sucked in. (Since my ancestry is pure Czech, I’m really really going to have to watch some of these!!)
Number two on the list of movies—S čerty nejsou žerty—especially caught my eye for a couple of reasons. First, a film about the Devil shown at Christmastime???? Maybe I do have some sort of Czech cognizance because a movie about the Devil traditionally shown at Christmas makes perfect sense to me. … I mean the recent FOX television series, Lucifer, takes a similarly lighthearted view of the Devil. Why not Lucifer/Satan/the Devil for Christmas entertainment?
S čerty nejsou žerty (translated into English as: There’s No Joking with Devils) is based on a fairy tale (titled The Devil’s Little Brother-in-Law) recorded long ago by Božena Němcová … and this is the second reason I took note of this particular movie. I am a big fan of Božena Němcová.
Who is she, you ask? Božena Němcová is sort of the Czech version of the Grimm Brothers or Charles Perrault, recording Czech fairy tales in much the same way that the Brothers Grimm collected German tales and Perrault collected French fairy tales.
Anyway! Božena Němcová’s fairy tale, The Devil’s Little Brother-in-Law, is a great story if you haven’t read it. … And since S čerty nejsou žerty is based on The Devil’s Little Brother-in-Law, now I’m just going to have to track down a copy of that movie for my Merry Christmas Fairy Tale viewing pleasure!
You, too — have a Very Merry Christmas
… and a Happy New Year 🙂